Hopatcong NJ Underage DWIAccording to Hopatcong police officers, an underage drunken driver crashed his car into the front lawn of a house on Geneva Trail.

When an officer arrived at the scene, he found an empty vehicle on the homeowner’s lawn. Around this time, a neighbor pointed out Michael Schikschneit, who was walking back to the scene. The neighbor indicated that Mr. Schikschneit was the driver of the vehicle.

When the officer approached Mr. Schikschneit, he noticed that the 20-year-old man appeared to have been drinking. The officer administered field sobriety tests, and when Mr. Schikschneit failed the tests, he was arrested.

At the Hopatcong Police Department, Mr. Schikschneit was given a breath test and charged with underage driving while intoxicated (underage DWI) and reckless driving.

In New Jersey, underage drinking violations are governed by N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.14. If convicted of underage DWI, Mr. Schikschneit could have his license suspended for up to three (3) months. Additionally, he could be required to participate in an intensive alcohol education program at the Intoxicated Driver Resource Center (IDRC).

Sometime after his arrest, Mr. Schikschneit was released into the custody of a friend.


For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Underage Drunken Driver Crashes Onto Front Lawn, Hopatcong Cops Say.